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ICE continued arrests through health crisis

BY: - March 19, 2020

Nevada is shutting down restaurants, bars, gyms and schools to try to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has now killed over 100 people in the United States, but U.S. immigration detention centers remain full and crowded.  Late Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement sent out a statement that the agency would “focus enforcement […]


Why wasn’t immigration a bigger issue in the debate?

BY: - February 20, 2020

The closer we get to Election Day, the more Donald Trump will work to turn the nation’s focus to the issue that was the beating heart of his 2016 campaign and has animated his time in office: immigration. The narrative Trump will push–at rallies and in targeted social media ads backed by millions of dollars–is […]


Domestic workers group meets with candidates, weighs endorsement

BY: - February 19, 2020

Millions of people working as house cleaners, home care aides and child care workers are also working to have their political voices heard as they fight for higher wages, stable scheduling and access to paid leave.  As Care in Action, the political arm of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, weighs an endorsement in the Democratic […]


LV marshals break up protest on steps of city hall

BY: - February 11, 2020

City marshals blocked immigrant rights activists from protesting on the steps of Las Vegas City Hall Monday, arguing they required a permit.  Less than a month after Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center held a press conference in front of City Hall to announce a lawsuit against detention practices at the city jail, the organization returned, […]


Trump mocked an ejected protester. Her story is nothing like he imagined.

BY: - January 21, 2020

President Donald Trump was just eight minutes or so into his speech in Milwaukee’s Panther Arena last week when for a moment the crowd turned its attention from the podium. Trump’s audience booed at someone off to the side, out of view. Trump looked over, shrugged, turned back to the microphone, and dismissed what had […]


Biden, Nevada, and immigration: It’s complicated.

BY: - January 13, 2020

Joe Biden’s campaign frames the former vice president as the Democrat with the best shot at beating Donald Trump. His “Todos Con Biden Weekend of Action” in Southern Nevada was no different.  At a campaign event with a crowd of more than 300 people at Rancho High School on Saturday, Nevada Rep. Dina Titus introduced […]

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ICE facility captain’s neo-Nazi links reflect systemic racism, immigration lawyers say

BY: - January 8, 2020

Vice News reported this week that a local captain at a U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement facility in Pahrump wrote numerous posts on a white supremacist Internet group. While calling facts reported by Vice disturbing, Michael Kagan, the director of UNLV’s immigration clinic, said the problem is much bigger than one person.  “This is not […]


2019 selections & reflections from the Nevada Current’s staff

BY: - December 27, 2019

Note: 2019 was the Current’s first full year of publication. To look back on the year, each member of the Nevada Current staff picked a few stories (or commentaries in my case) they wanted to highlight. Maybe it was a story that had the most impact, or one they worked on most, or something that didn’t […]


AOC, Cruz make all-Spanish case for Sanders

BY: - December 23, 2019

This weekend, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign held several events in Nevada including an all-Spanish language town hall featuring one of the most high-profile Latinas in Congress, New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  The town hall was held entirely in Spanish, but the meaning of the event was clear in any language: Sanders wants […]


Biden immigration plan modest for 2020, but more ‘evolved’ than Obama’s

BY: - December 20, 2019

If former Vice President Joe Biden represents the moderate lane of the Democratic Party, then immigration policy has come a long way. “Joe Biden understands the pain felt by every family across the U.S. that has had a loved one removed from the country, including under the Obama-Biden Administration, and he believes we must do […]

Tagalog trainings pop up ahead of Nevada’s caucus

BY: - December 19, 2019

Ano ba ang Demokratikong Pagpupulong ng Partido ng Nevada? In Tagalog, it translates to “What is the Nevada Democratic Caucus?”  More campaign materials and presidential candidates are expected to cater to the rising Asian American Pacific Island community, especially Nevada’s growing Filipino population. On Feb 22 when Nevada becomes the third state to vote in […]

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PLAN reflects on 25 years of taking point on progressive causes

BY: - December 16, 2019

Ahead of the 2019 legislative session, the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada wrote a bill it says would have kept the mining industry accountable if they poisoned groundwater.  The idea was prompted by organizing PLAN did within tribal communities such as the Yerington Paiute Tribe, which contends that toxins from the nearby Anaconda Mine have […]